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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Photo 1
Photos 2 & 3
Photos 4 & 5


Table of

Visual Evidence

Photo 6: The Council Ring with children, 1920s. [Photo 6] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy of Frank Waugh Collection, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Photo 7: The swimming hole with children, c. 1935. [Photo 7] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy of Chicago Park District Special Collections)

Questions for Photos 6 and 7

1. Why do you think Jensen designed this bench as a large stone circle?

2. Why do you think Jensen designed a city pool as a rural swimming hole? How does having rocky ledges, instead of a flat deck like many modern pools, change the experience for the swimmers at Columbus Park? Why do you think Jensen's pools were eventually replaced with modern pools?

3. To what senses do these features appeal? How did Jensen's design encourage children to exercise mind and body?

4. Jensen originally included no playground equipment in the park. Do you think playground equipment helps or discourages imagination? Explain.

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